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Getting back to nature

The annual Bermuda National Trust and AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd children’s nature walk at Spittal Pond kicks off today.

“Children and parents will have the opportunity to experience nature first hand on the walk, as well as witness some of our cultural landmarks while they hear fascinating stories from the past,” said the charity’s director of development, Kelly Way.

“They will be taken along the route by the Trust’s enthusiastic guides, stopping at points of interest to learn about the plants and wildlife of the pond and forest from the Island’s leading environmental and cultural experts. This year we are lucky to have several local experts.”

Mark Outerbridge and Jamie Bacon of Bermuda Zoological Society will explain American eels and threatened toads.

Former government conservation officer David Wingate will share his insight on the birds at the pond. Former senator Thaao Dill will tell the story of Jeffrey, the escaped slave who hid in a cave at Spittal Pond; filmmaker Milton Raposo will discuss the cultural significance of Portuguese Rock. Rob Chandler will explain the special geographic coastal feature at Spittal Pond and the Audubon Society will help youngsters study birds with binoculars.

Residents are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool.

Children may be dropped off at the entrance to the eastern car park. Parking is in the field behind Harrington Hundreds grocery store.

Walks will start at approximately 15-minute intervals, with stops at stations set up throughout the nature reserve.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk however participants are asked to bring their own bottles to aim for a trash-free event. The walk will take about 90 minutes. It is not suitable for strollers or children under five years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information send an e-mail, acaldas[AT]bnt.bm, or telephone 236-6483 x212. The walk takes place from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

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Published February 14, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 14, 2012 at 6:24 am)

Getting back to nature

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